The Government says extending the Bikeability training scheme will inspire the next generation to take to the roads as confident and proficient cyclists.
On Friday (7 February), the DfT announced a ‘significant’ expansion to Bikeability to ensure all children in England are taught the skills for a ‘lifetime of cycling’.
The commitment will see an additional 400,000 training places offered on the scheme each year.
Chris Heaton-Harris, cycling and walking minister, said: “Cycling is a fun and enjoyable way for children to get to school, the shops or see their friends.
“It is also environmentally friendly and has a positive impact on their mental and physical health.
“Extending Bikeability training will inspire the next generation to take to the roads as confident and proficient cyclists and will play an important role in helping us meet our net-zero emission targets.”
Bikeability training is offered at three levels based on a child’s age and experience. Training starts with basic bike-handling skills in a traffic-free, controlled environment and builds to managing a variety of traffic conditions on different types of roads.
The total number of children trained since Bikeability was launched in 2006 is more than three million.
Andy Tennant, former world and European champion track cyclist, said: “If we want our children to continue cycling into adulthood it is absolutely vital that we equip them with the skills and knowledge to ride at a young age.
“Learning to cycle is a brilliant way to help children live happy, healthy and independent lives, and we’re absolutely thrilled that so many more children are now going to benefit from the programme in the coming years.”